BAFS and External Events

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The British Academy of Forensic Sciences (BAFS) held its first meeting in 1960. BAFS is a unique organisation formed from a unique mix of forensic medicine (pathologist, psychiatrists, physicians (FMEs), scientist and lawyers. Our events are usually based in London.

Next BAFS Event

Annual General Meeting & Friends' Dinner 2021


Notorious for secretly cutting women’s hair on buses and in cinemas, Danilo Restivo was jailed for the 2002 murder of Heather Barnett. Breakthroughs in DNA evidence linked Restivo to a murder in Italy nine years previously.


Ian Kelcey

Ian Kelcey was admitted as a solicitor in 1980. He has specialised in Criminal Defence practice since 1990. He is the Senior Partner at Kelcey and Hall who have offices in Bristol and London. Ian was President of Bristol Law Society in 2001 and Chairman of the Criminal Law Solicitors Association from 2002 to 2004.   Ian has been a Council member of the Law Society since 2004 and he was Chairman of the Law Society Criminal Law Committee between 2007 and 2011.  He was again appointed Joint Chair of the Committee in 2017.  Ian has defended in many high profile cases including the Defence of Danilo Restivo, Vincent Tabak (Joanna Yeates murder) and Christopher Hampton (Melanie Road Murder)

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Regular BAFS Events

BAFS Events

Friends' Dinner
A popular annual event that is often over-subscribed. Some of the previous topics discussed at this event included the wrongful conviction of Barry George for the murder of Jill Dando, Child Sexual Abuse, the murder of Rachel Nickell, False Confessions, and the murder of Stephen Lawrence.

Joint Events

BAFS and Clinical Forensic and Legal medicine section of Royal Society of Medicine
Date: Saturday 19 January 2019
Venue: Royal Society of Medicine, London
CPD: Accredited

The recent disasters, such as Grenfell Tower and Westminster Bridge, has highlighted how forensic science plays an important part in victim identification.

A panel of experts will examine how forensic odontology, anthropology and pathology contribute to the identification process.

Learn about the psychological impact such events can have on victims, hearing more about the nature of the subsequent inquests from those supporting them.
Key topics:
  • How forensic odontology contributes to disaster victim identification
  • How forensic anthropology contributes to disaster victim identification
  • How forensic pathology contributes to disaster victim identification
  • How victims are affected by disasters
  • How psychologists manage victims of disasters
More information here

BAFS Friends Dinner

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External Events

Student Webinars - Forensic Cold Case Reviews: An Introduction

In collaboration with #RemoteForensicCSI, and to support remote teaching resources for students, The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences will be holding a series of student focused monthly webinars.   

Previous BAFS Events

Mental health in police custody

 

Digital technology and crime in 2021; where are we now?

Episode 3

Digital technology and crime in 2021; where are we now?

Episode 2

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (BPA): Do you see what I see?

What does the presence of GSR really mean?

 

INQUESTS: purpose and scope, preparation, procedure and conclusions

Joint BAFS - RSM Event: Clinical and Scientific Expert Witness Bias: Sources and Expression

The multiple personalities of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (BPA): Investigation, Evaluation & Review
Speaker: Jo Millington

AGM & Ormrod Lecture 2019: Should Acute Behavioural Disturbance be considered a Public Health Problem?

Speaker: Dr Meng Aw-Yong

 

The role of plants, fungi and algae in environmental forensics

Speaker: Dr Mark Spencer

 

Friends Dinner 2019: How did forensic science help identify Richard III?

Speaker: Professor Sarah Hainsworth OBE

RSM & BAFS joint event 2018

Dr Richard Shephard, Professor Peter Vanezis, Dr Curtis Offiah, Professor Peter Gill, Mr David Heming, Detective Inspector Mark Richards and Master Evan Bell, 20/01/2018

AGM & Friends Dinner 2017 

James Hines QC and Dr Martin Hall,  01/11/2017

Forensic Investigation in Counter Terrorism

Sharon Broome, 30/11/2016

The Lund Lecture 2015

Professor Denise Syndercombe Court, 04/10/2016

AGM & Friends Dinner 2016

Andrew Smith and Professor Nigel Eastman, 18/05/2016

Forensic Imaging: From Plates to Pixels

Nick Marsh, 21/01/2016

Investigating sudden unexpected death

Professor Richard Shepherd, Marta Cohen, Professor Robert Peckitt, Professor Mary Sheppard, Dr Safa Al-Sarraj, Professor Robert J. Flanagan, Dr Elijah Behr, Dr Jason Payne-James, Professor Robin Ferner, Dr Peter Dean, 16/01/2016

Ormrod Lecture 2015

Professor Robert J. Flanagan, 22/10/2015

Science and the Courts. Human Identification, Migration and Trafficking

Prof Robert J. Flanagan, HH Judge Jeremy Donne QC, Upper Tribunal Judge Mark Ockelton QC, Professor Cheryl Thomas, Mr Stuart Black, Mr Roger Baldwin, Dr Ann Priston, Mr Nick Marsh, Dr Denise Syndercombe Court, Professor Michael Kopelman, Dr Sarah Majid, Dr Sarah Chin, Dr Michael Korzinski, 28/03/2015

Blood Pattern Analysis

Jo Millington, 15/01/2015

The Lund Lecture 2014

Professor Bob Peckitt 23/10/2014

Clozapine Therapeutic Drug Monitoring

Dr James MacCabe, Professor Robert Flanagan and Professor Christoph Hiemke 28/06/2014

Fingerprints

Ken Butler, 15/05/2014

 

Past Venues

Chapter Hall St John’s Gate

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